West Virginia Women Are Occupying Joe Manchin's Office, Demanding a 'No' Vote on Brett Kavanaugh

A group of women are occupying the campaign office of West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, demanding the senator vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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Members of Vote with West Virginia Women are livestreaming their protest and sharing their experiences of sexual violence as well as the stories other women have submitted to them:

The police have reportedly been called, but the protesters say they don’t plan on leaving until Manchin is a “no” vote on Kavanaugh. Later, the same staff member who had said the police were coming invited the women to continue to “stay and share your stories.”

Manchin, a Democrat in a very red state, is currently undecided as to whether or not he’ll vote to confirm Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual assault and misconduct by multiple women. But as one woman said on the livestream, “Make a choice, Joe.”

Vote with West Virginia Women have also started a GoFundMe campaign that will either support a local counseling organization or try to fund a candidate to kick him out of office the next chance they get:

If Senator Manchin commits to voting no on the Kavanaugh nomination, they will donate funds to REACH, a West Virginia organization that provides free counseling services to victims of sexual assault and abuse. If Senator Manchin votes yes on the Kavanaugh nomination, these women will use the funds to recruit, train, and support pro-women candidates in West Virginia who they say “believe the stories of survivors” - including a future primary challenger to Senator Manchin, should he run again after this 2018.

Manchin was one of three Democrats to vote for Trump’s first nominee to the high court, Neil Gorsuch.

This is a developing story. 

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A transcript from a non televised Senate interview with Kavanaugh has a letter from an anonymous victim that has not been talked about at all (page 13):

TRIGGER WARNING: THIS IS SOME FUCKED UP SHIT

https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/09.26.18%20BMK%20Interview%20Transcript%20(Redacted).pdf

“Dear, Senator Grassley, et al.

The current situation regarding the accusations made by Dr. Ford against Brett Kavanaugh have prompted me to write you today. I have moved on with my life since he forced himself on me as well. The times were so different, and I didn’t expect to be taken seriously, embarrass my family, be believed at all.

I was at a party with a friend. I had been drinking. She left with another boy, leaving me to find my own way home. Kavanaugh and a friend offered me a ride home. I don’t know the other boy’s name. I was in his car to go home. His friend was behind me in the backseat. Kavanaugh kissed me forcefully. I told him I only wanted a ride home. Kavanaugh continued to grope me over my clothes, forcing his kisses on me and putting his hand under my sweater. ‘No,’ I yelled at him.

The boy in the backseat reached around, putting his hand over my mouth and holding my arm to keep me in the car. I screamed into his hand. Kavanaugh continued his forcing himself on me. He pulled up my sweater and bra exposing my breasts, and reached into my panties, inserting his fingers into my vagina. My screams were silenced by the boy in the backseat covering my mouth and groping me as well.

Kavanaugh slapped me and told me to be quiet and forced me to perform oral sex on him. He climaxed in my mouth. They forced me to go into the backseat and took turns raping me several times each. They dropped me off two blocks from my home. ‘No one will believe if you tell. Be a good girl,’ he told me.

Watching what has happened to Anita Hill and Dr. Ford has me petrified to come forward in person or even provide my name. A group of white men, powerful senators who won’t believe me, will come after me. Like Dr. Ford, I’m a teacher, I have an education, a family, a child, a home. I have credibility. Just because something happens a long time ago, because a rape victim doesn’t want to personally come forward, does not mean something can’t be true.

Jane Doe, Oceanside, California.”